Voyager (Outlander Series #3)

Voyager (Outlander Series #3)

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by Diana Gabaldon

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In this rich, vibrant tale, Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber. Sweeping us from the battlefields of eighteenth-century Scotland to the exotic West Indies, Diana Gabaldon weaves magic once again in an exhilarating and utterly

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In this rich, vibrant tale, Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber. Sweeping us from the battlefields of eighteenth-century Scotland to the exotic West Indies, Diana Gabaldon weaves magic once again in an exhilarating and utterly unforgettable novel....

Their love affair happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her ... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.

When she discovers that Jamie may have survived, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face what awaits her ... the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland ... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that lies beyond the standing stones.

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“Triumphant ... Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”—Publishers Weekly

“An amazing read.”—Arizona Tribune

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This triumphant conclusion to Gabaldon's time-travel trilogy was a PW bestseller.
Library Journal
Time traveler Claire Randall first encountered Jamie Fraser, the fiery 18th-century Scottish clansman, in Outlander (Delacorte, 1991). The lovers continued their relationship in the best-selling Dragonfly in Amber (Delacorte, 1992). Now, in Voyager , Claire decides to return to the 18th century to reunite with her beloved.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Outlander Series, #3
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6.10(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.53(d)

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MAY 2 , 1968

Of course he’s dead!’’ Claire’s voice was sharp with agitation; it rang loudly in the half-empty study, echoing among the rifled bookshelves. She stood against the cork-lined wall like a prisoner awaiting a firing squad, staring from her daughter to Roger Wakefield and back again.

‘‘I don’t think so.’’ Roger felt terribly tired. He rubbed a hand over his face, then picked up the folder from the desk; the one containing all the research he’d done since Claire and her daughter had first come to him, three weeks before, and asked his help. He opened the folder and thumbed slowly through the contents. The Jacobites of Culloden. The Rising of the ’45. The gallant Scots who had rallied to the banner of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and cut through Scotland like a blazing sword—only to come to ruin and defeat against the Duke of Cumberland on the gray moor at Culloden. ‘‘Here,’’ he said, plucking out several sheets clipped together. The archaic writing looked odd, rendered in the black crispness of a photocopy. ‘‘This is the muster roll of the Master of Lovat’s regiment.’’

He thrust the thin sheaf of papers at Claire, but it was her daughter, Brianna, who took the sheets from him and began to turn the pages, a slight frown between her reddish brows.

‘‘Read the top sheet,’’ Roger said. ‘‘Where it says ‘Officers.’ ’’

‘‘All right. ‘Officers,’ ’’ she read aloud, ‘‘ ‘Simon, Master of Lovat’ . . .’’

‘‘The Young Fox,’’ Roger interrupted. ‘‘Lovat’s son. And five more names, right?’’

Brianna cocked one brow at him, but went on reading.

‘‘ ‘William Chisholm Fraser, Lieutenant; George D’Amerd Fraser Shaw, Captain; Duncan Joseph Fraser, Lieutenant; Bayard Murray Fraser, Major,’’ she paused, swallowing, before reading the last name, ‘‘ ‘. . . James Alexander
Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. Captain.’ ’’ She lowered the papers, looking a little pale. ‘‘My father.’’

Claire moved quickly to her daughter’s side, squeezing the girl’s arm. She was pale, too.

‘‘Yes,’’ she said to Roger. ‘‘I know he went to Culloden. When he left me . . . there at the stone circle . . . he meant to go back to Culloden Field, to rescue his men who were with Charles Stuart. And we know he did’’—she nodded at the folder on the desk, its manila surface blank and innocent in the lamplight—‘‘you found their names. But . . . but . . . Jamie . . .’’

Speaking the name aloud seemed to rattle her, and she clamped her lips tight.

Now it was Brianna’s turn to support her mother.

‘‘He meant to go back, you said.’’ Her eyes, dark blue and encouraging, were intent on her mother’s face. ‘‘He meant to take his men away from the field, and then go back to the battle.’’ Claire nodded, recovering herself slightly.

‘‘He knew he hadn’t much chance of getting away; if the English caught him . . . he said he’d rather die in battle. That’s what he meant to do.’’ She turned to Roger, her gaze an unsettling amber. Her eyes always reminded him of hawk’s eyes, as though she could see a good deal farther than most people. ‘‘I can’t believe he didn’t die there—so many men did, and he meant to!’’

Almost half the Highland army had died at Culloden, cut down in a blast of cannonfire and searing musketry. But not Jamie Fraser. ‘‘No,’’ Roger said doggedly. ‘‘That bit I read you from Linklater’s book—’’ He reached to pick it up, a white volume, entitled The Prince in the Heather.

‘‘Following the battle,’’ he read, ‘‘eighteen wounded Jacobite officers took refuge in the farmhouse near the moor. Here they lay in pain, their wounds untended, for two days. At the end of that time, they were taken out and shot. One man, a Fraser of the Master of Lovat’s regiment, escaped the slaughter. The rest are buried at the edge of the domestic park.

‘‘See?’’ he said, laying the book down and looking earnestly at the two women over its pages. ‘‘An officer, of the Master of Lovat’s regiment.’’ He grabbed up the sheets of the muster roll. ‘‘And here they are! Just six of them. Now, we know the man in the farmhouse can’t have been Young Simon; he’s a well-known historical figure, and we know very well what happened to him. He retreated from the field— unwounded, mind you—with a group of his men, and fought his way north, eventually making it back to Beaufort Castle, near here.’’ He waved vaguely at the full-length window, through which the nighttime lights of Inverness twinkled faintly.

‘‘Nor was the man who escaped Leanach farmhouse any of the other four officers—William, George, Duncan, or Bayard,’’ Roger said. ‘‘Why?’’ He snatched another paper out of the folder and brandished it, almost triumphantly. ‘‘Because they all did die at Culloden! All four of them were killed on the field—I found their names listed on a plaque in the church at Beauly.’’

Claire let out a long breath, then eased herself down into the old leather swivel chair behind the desk.

‘‘Jesus H. Christ,’’ she said. She closed her eyes and leaned forward, elbows on the desk, and her head against her hands, the thick, curly brown hair spilling forward to hide her face. Brianna laid a hand on Claire’s back, face troubled as she bent over her mother. She was a tall girl, with large, fine bones, and her long red hair glowed in the warm light of the desk lamp.

‘‘If he didn’t die . . .’’ she began tentatively.

Claire’s head snapped up. ‘‘But he is dead!’’ she said. Her face was strained, and small lines were visible around her eyes. ‘‘For God’s sake, it’s two hundred years; whether he died at Culloden or not, he’s dead now!’’

Brianna stepped back from her mother’s vehemence, and lowered her head, so the red hair—her father’s red hair—swung down beside her cheek.

‘‘I guess so,’’ she whispered. Roger could see she was fighting back tears. And no wonder, he thought. To find out in short order that first, the man you had loved and called ‘‘Father’’ all your life really wasn’t your father, secondly, that your real father was a Highland Scot who had lived two hundred years ago, and thirdly, to realize that he had likely perished in some horrid fashion, unthinkably far from the wife and child he had sacrificed himself to save . . . enough to rattle one, Roger thought.

He crossed to Brianna and touched her arm. She gave him a brief, distracted glance, and tried to smile. He put his arms around her, even in his pity for her distress thinking how marvelous she felt, all warm and soft and springy at once.

Claire still sat at the desk, motionless. The yellow hawk’s eyes had gone a softer color now, remote with memory. They rested sightlessly on the east wall of the study, still covered from floor to ceiling with the notes and memorabilia left by the Reverend Wakefield, Roger’s late adoptive father. Looking at the wall himself, Roger saw the annual meeting notice sent by the Society of the White Rose—those enthusiastic, eccentric souls who still championed the cause of Scottish independence, meeting in nostalgic tribute to Charles Stuart, and the Highland heroes who had followed him.

Roger cleared his throat slightly.

‘‘Er . . . if Jamie Fraser didn’t die at Culloden . . .’’ he said.

‘‘Then he likely died soon afterward.’’ Claire’s eyes met Roger’s, straight on, the cool look back in the yellow-brown depths. ‘‘You have no idea how it was,’’ she said. ‘‘There was a famine in the Highlands—none of the men had eaten for days before the battle. He was wounded—we know that. Even if he escaped, there would have been . . . no one to care for him.’’ Her voice caught slightly at that; she was a doctor now, had been a healer even then, twenty years before, when she had stepped through a circle of standing stones, and met destiny with James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. Roger was conscious of them both; the tall, shaking girl he held in his arms, and the woman at the desk, so still, so poised. She had traveled through the stones, through time; been suspected as a spy, arrested as a witch, snatched by an unimaginable quirk of circumstance from the arms of her first husband, Frank Randall. And three years later, her second husband, James Fraser, had sent her back through the stones, pregnant, in a desperate effort to save her and the unborn child from the onrushing disaster that would soon engulf him.

Surely, he thought to himself, she’s been through enough? But Roger was a historian. He had a scholar’s insatiable, amoral curiosity, too powerful to be constrained by simple compassion. More than that, he was oddly conscious of the third figure in the family tragedy in which he found himself involved—Jamie Fraser.

‘If he didn’t die at Culloden,’’ he began again, more firmly, ‘‘then perhaps I can find out what did happen to him. Do you want me to try?’’ He waited, breathless, feeling Brianna’s warm breath through his shirt. Jamie Fraser had had a life, and a death. Roger felt obscurely that it was his duty to find out all the truth; that Jamie Fraser’s women deserved to know all they could of him. For Brianna, such knowledge was all she would ever have of the father she had never known. And for Claire—behind the question he had asked was the thought that had plainly not yet struck her, stunned with shock as she was: she had crossed the barrier of time twice before. She could, just possibly, do it again. And if Jamie Fraser had not died at Culloden . . .

He saw awareness flicker in the clouded amber of her eyes, as the thought came to her. She was normally pale; now her face blanched white as the ivory handle of the letter opener before her on the desk. Her fingers closed around it, clenching so the knuckles stood out in knobs of bone. She didn’t speak for a long time. Her gaze fixed on Brianna and lingered there for a moment, then returned to Roger’s face. ‘‘Yes,’’ she said, in a whisper so soft he could barely hear her. ‘‘Yes. Find out for me. Please. Find out.’’

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Voyager (Outlander Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 1325 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While working at a bookstore, I decided that I needed to read one sci-fi and one romance novel just to get a feel for the genre. I selected Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for the romance novel, and was absolutely captivated by her story and style. I devoured the first three books in less than six weeks--an amazing feat for me as a slow reader with sight impairments--and have started at least 200 people on these books since then. I have had exactly two negative reactions.
Voyager, as I said above, is my favorite of all the books so far. In the last 300 pages or so, Gabaldon's plot moves at breathtaking speed, tying up many ends. The conclusion is stunning. In a year when real time/distance travel is curtailed by high gasoline prices, the "Outlander" series--and "Voyager" in particular--is a mental escape of the first order. If you need some place to go on your "staycation," I would strongly suggest Scotland in the mid-1700's, and a visit with Jamie and Clare Fraser. You won't be disappointed.
pagese More than 1 year ago
At the start of this book, I was afraid it wasn't going to live up to the first two. It took me awhile to figure out why I wasn't liking it as much. While I enjoyed learning about Jamie and Claire after they were separated, it's the two of them together that make this series so special. And then I realized that story of their 20 years apart is important too. As a reader we need to understand how much of an influence they had on one another. That even after 20 years (not to mention 2 centuries), they still hold those outstanding feelings for each other. But, I have to admit, that moment in the print shop was what I was waiting for! This book takes you on a ride. It's not stop action with all that heart stopping romance in between. It's suspenseful, and at times I really wondered if Jamie and/or Claire was going to get out of whatever situation they managed to find themselves in. It had some major shocks and twists in it, things that I was down right not expecting. And, at times I wondered if 20 years of separation was just too much to overcome. At the end of the story, I was left with a book that rivals my first love of Outlander! I was amazed at the story Diana Gabaldon has managed to create.
SassaFrass2044 More than 1 year ago
Voyager was just as addictive as the first two in the Outlander series! Not as totally indulgent as Outlander....but then again...there's nothing like the there? With that being said, I was completely satisfied with the plot and the further development of the characters. She kept the main characters true and human. I also liked how Gabaldon decided to write about the 20 years in past tense versus taking us through the entire 20 years. Liked all of the new characters. There was still lots of adventure....although I noticed she lessened with the sex scenes; which I thought was appropriate. It made the few so much more enduring! Also, even though the characters are 20 years older their passions are just as true...which is true to life. I could honestly stop reading here (hah! fat chance) because of how Voyager ended. Although I must say a lot will have to do with the fact that I am totally sleep deprived and on the verge of a divorce (hehehe....slightly compulsive). My husband keeps saying "I can't believe I have 3 more books to go!" However, it's Christmas and if you can't read at Christmas when can you? I've started my husband on the 2nd book in the series and he is thoroughly hooked - job done! I will definitely be packing the light blue book for my road trip! Voyager is a great read!
Maria_of_amor More than 1 year ago
While stoling through a bookstore, I decided that I needed to read one sci-fi and one romance novel just to get a feel for the genre. I selected Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" for the romance novel, and was absolutely captivated by her story and style. I devoured the first three books in less than six weeks--an amazing feat for me as a slow reader--and have started at least a couple of dozen people on these books since then. I've had a couple of negative reactions. This is one of my favorite of all the books so far. In the last 300 pages or so, Gabaldon's plot moves at breathtaking speed, tying up many ends. The conclusion is stunning. The "Outlander" series--and "Voyager" in particular--is a mental escape from the chaos. If you need some place to visit I would strongly suggest Scotland in the mid-1700's, and a visit with Jamie and Clare Fraser. You won't be disappointed.
onetruebrit More than 1 year ago
You have to read Outlander first, period. there is no other way to get into the character build. There are a lot of them not just Jamie and Claire. So it's hard to write a review of just this book. I will simply say it's a series you can't put down and wait with bookmark in hand for the next book. I just bought them all at once so as to avoid the wait. The characters are truly fascinating and you like them. You might not always like what they do but they are deeper than that and they carry you into their adventures and there are so many of them. These books transpose time and space, country to country and it is a testament to a true love story without all the simpering whimpering mush that sometimes accompanies a love story. These people come alive before your eyes and you hold them in your heart. This series is a must read. Diana Galbadon has done a wonderful job here of storytelling with a heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon continues to blow me away with the novels she writes. The depth of feeling I have for her characters is unbelievable. I truly feel as if I know them, and love them as if they were family...
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
Out of all of the Outlander books, this was my least favorite. Not that is was bad it just didn't flow as well as the other books, in my opinion. I still needed to read it in order to know what was happening in order for me to continue with the series. It is hard to put this book series down. You will want to know what happens to Jamie, Claire and all the other amazing characters. This is a great book series with lots to think about. I love the time period. I am not usually interested in "time travel" but these books will capture you.
msayyid More than 1 year ago
Voyager was oddly my favorite book the series. I'm already on book 6 and I still look back to say that this was one of the best (besides the first book of course.) Reading about Jamie and Claire apart was surprisingly wonderful. You really get to see the characters struggle and suffer without each other and after the first 2 books I started taking it for granted that they would be together forever. Its just such an emotional book filled with great suspense and great adventure. Roger and Brianna make the book even more wonderful. They add extra twists and turns to the novel.
GrandmaJeanFL More than 1 year ago
This does not disappoint. Every bit as good as the previous books in the series. It moves along so smoothly that you're done before you know it and just want more. Claire is really with the right man in her life. She seems to get out of one scrape after another. I wish the next one, Drums of Autumn was a recorded audio book and all the rest in the series.
PaulaML More than 1 year ago
My most favorite series ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gabaldon has a wonderful way to spin a tale and develop her characters. When I finish one I begin another waiting to read about these "friends" of mine. Don't stop @ 3 keep reading to the end then start her lord john series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the two before it! LOVE THAT JAIME!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With perfect narration, characters that are bold and interesting, and a story that flows so easy you never want to stop listening, this installment of the Outlander series does not disappoint. I would recommend enjoying the books in order, as the main characters have a vast and complicated history, but even on its own I believe the story will delight any reader.
Outlander_FanCT More than 1 year ago
Davina Porter does a phenomenal job portraying the characters in this audio book. I've read the book itself, but her use of various voices for the different people, inflection and cadence make this a marvelous addition to the printed volume. I listened to the audio book after several readings of the book in print and was amazed to hear aspects to this story of drama, romance, adventure and action that I had never "heard" in any of my readings. I expect to listen to this over and over.
spaz_k7 More than 1 year ago
I love this Outlander book. I thought it was almost as good as the first one and much better than the second. It was faster paced and really easy to read. I recommend it to anyone who likes the other Outlander books or is thinking of reading them. It is a great series and well worth the length.
Ade_Tae More than 1 year ago
It seemed must faster paced than the first 2. I got through it far more quickly....I saw some poor ratings on this and I just had to put out there that if you liked the first 2 (I did, but thought they were slow) I see no reason why you won't love this one!!
NEC More than 1 year ago
I read a review of this book while online at Barns and Noble. And I decided to try the first book Outlander. I was captivated from the beginning. The authors writing style is fantastic and I found myself unable to put this down! I found myself crying with Claire and wishing for a man like Jamie even with all his flaws. I have now read the whole series and I have found myself rereading it!
romantictrav More than 1 year ago
Voyager is a terrific part of the Outlander series. It takes place as Jamie and Claire as they continue their lives after Clarie has gone back through the stones and into her own time pregnant with Jamie's baby. This book is as good or better as the orginial Outlander. Gabldon is a fantastic story teller and compltely whisks the reader into another time and place. Perfect escapism!
CM15 More than 1 year ago
This is one in a series. The series is very fast paced, and very easy to read. The writing style is exciting, and grabs the reader. I would recommend this series the books are well writen and are an excellent relaxation escape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a true time travel-romance fan I can review this book with confidence, and recommend another great hit by Diana Gabaldon. Voyager is well worth the read. I loved it. The romantic on-going love affair of Clair Randal during the war-torn battlefields of the eighteenth century Scotland to the West Indies is my crave since I first read Outlander and Dragon fly in Amber. Read the book. You will not be disappointed. Five stars plus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know this book is not Outlander but, after reading the other two how can anyone deny the reunion of Jamie and Clair? I personally loved this book and I know there's alot of info but that's how all her books are. Read it and enjoy the story and history!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gabaldon once again dazzles with the third installment of the Outlander series. This one bypasses Dragonfly in Amber. Reading about the things that happend to Jamie in the days after Culloden about broke my heart. But when Claire comes back into the picture, it was just such a beautiful moment... they love each other so much and it's wonderful to have them together again. Just like in the other novels, you'll laugh, cry, become frustrated, gasp, get angry... its just a beautifully emotional novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can read this series from sun up to sun down, with occasional and bothersome stops for such necessities as food and water.... My idea of paradise is an oceanside balcony, this series of books and room service. I will truly mourn when I finish this series. She writes with such clarity and rich detail that I feel as if I am there -seeing it happen rather than reading the words. A sweeping epic novel that will just pull you in and keep you there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Voyager is Gabaldon's 3rd book in a (currently) 4-book series involving a unique combination of historical fact, fiction, devotion and sci-fi. For the romance reader who is ready to take it up a notch, and for the fiction or sci-fi reader who is ready to experience more feeling in their literature, Voyager, and Gabaldon's series is a best choice. Remarkably verse in history of the 17th century Scots, and with a devine vocabulary, Gabaldon weaves a story one can experience through most of your senses. I was able to visualize her descriptions because she is so well-versed. It was easy to imagine the people, hear the sounds, and become empathetic to the hero and heroine (Jamie and Claire). I can't help but admire the entirety of the work in this book. I personally feel that Gabaldon had bitten off a lot with the complexity and intention of the stories in this series, and yet managed like a lady... a remarkably creative and bright and energetic one at that!
Thomas214 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book, OUTLANDER, at my wife's suggestion, and really enjoyed it. I'm only about a fourth of the way through the second book, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, but fully intend to keep reading. I was reluctant to start the series because I thought they were "chick books", but Diana Gabaldon is an amazing storyteller. I am also enjoying learning about Scottish history. I'm reading the books on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, which is an advantage for me, because I can increase the font size. I'm getting up there in years, and don't see as well as I used to. My wife has the paperback versions of the books, but the print is so small that I have trouble reading them. It's too awkward to hold a book with one hand and a magnifying glass in the other. If you're on the fence about reading the OUTLANDER series, at least give the first book a try!! This is my first book review since high school, which was more than 30 years ago, and I realize that I didn't actually write anything about VOYAGER, but I think this was a good writing exercise. The STARZ channel was impressed enough to start a television series based on the books.